Deadly Payload

Deadly Payload

by Karen Randau


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ISBN-13: 9781717360168
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 887,446
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

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Deadly Payload 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts “It started raining dead birds as I turned my Lexus into the driveway of Rim Vista Park. A crow thudded against my windshield, leaving a web-shaped crack and a red smear as it slid to the hood.” Okay, Ms. Randau, with a first paragraph like that you totally got my attention. I missed the first two adventures with Cliff and Rita but book #3, Deadly Choices made my Best Reads list last year and when they traveled to New Jersey in the novella, Deadly Reception, for their daughter’s wedding I went on that wild ride too. This time Rita Avery faces that whatever is killing the birds could also kill her husband and her son and she feels it may be her fault. The entire community is at risk and people are dying. Her friend Taylor, a paramedic and herbalist tries her best to help the folks that will let her by adding herbal remedies to the treatment at the hospital. The CDC is working on a cure but it may be too late. Rita notices that a homeless war vet suffering from PTSD has picked up the virus too, but her symptoms seem more extreme but at a slower pace. The police force is down to a skeleton crew and the chief realizes he may need Rita help to solve this thing. But what she discovers is bigger than she ever imagined. This mysterious virus could expand and reach far beyond Arizona, it could be a threat to the entire U.S. Rita Avery is a strong woman on a mission to first save her family and second find out who is behind this deadly pathogen and take them down. No matter how run down, tired or frightened, she doesn’t back down. She is brave beyond measure. Readers are taken on quite a journey with Rita. There are many edge of the seat moments. In fact, in places, it felt like a Michael Palmer thriller. Murder, spies, corruption, then add in treks through the Arizona wilderness and you have a story that is impossible to put down. Ms. Randau makes this crisis intimate by involving the Avery family giving a wife and mother spin that pulls your heart right in. I was invested in these characters from the previous stories so I truly cared about the outcome. Randau is an excellent storyteller and knows how to set a scene. Whether it be the Avery home, the hospital or in the middle of the woods, she takes her readers there with clear detail. The story was complex with a lot of moving parts, false leads, twists, and surprises. Exactly what I have come to now expect from this author. She sure didn’t disappoint. This was another spectacular read! While this is a series, the author does give enough background for this story to stand on its own so don’t be afraid to start with this installment.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
As Rita Avery is on her way home with her daughter in law and granddaughter a bird falls from the sky and shatters her windshield. When husband and son are very sick. Others in the town are becoming sick and it looks like someone has poisoned the water. Even though the CDC step up to try to find a cure Rita knows that those she love won’t survive long enough for that cure. So she steps up and with the help of a homeless vet and herbalist/nurse friend to find a cure for the illness and stop whomever started this whole mess. Rita is a great lead character. She is strong and willing to do whatever it takes to care for those she loves. Even if that means tangling with a Russian spy. Plus it helps that she has a couple of the best sidekicks to help her the whole way. Although this is my first book from Karen Randau and I am in love. The description is wonderful and I was quickly drawn into the story. I was left on the edge of my seat and blown away by the ending. This is a great story and although it is the fourth in the series I had no problem figuring out what was going on. Now I want to go back and catch up on what I have missed. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Rita Avery has a husband and son ill with an unknown pathogen, birds are falling dead from the sky, it is hard to tell the good guys from the bad, and a disaster is looming. Rita is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and solve the case as quickly as possible to save her family and all of the others who have been affected by this poison. As she investigates, the conspiracy becomes clear. It is obvious that there are Russian spies living in her community and planning bigger disasters that will cause even more havoc and death. Rita and her friends quickly find themselves in grave danger and their lives threatened, but it doesn’t stop them. Deadly Payload will keep you on the edge of your seat and reading late into the night. Deadly Payload is the fourth book in the series. I did not read the first three (though I will be doing so now) but the book stood alone and on its own merit. Karen Randau has written a book that is in line with today's times; very believable and very good. There are many twists and turns and discoveries that were impossible to see coming before the mystery was solved. I believe all mystery, murder and conspiracy fans will really enjoy spending time with Rita, her husband, Cliff, crazy Mary, and the rest of the book’s characters. You will not be disappointed when reading Deadly Payload from beginning to end as the action never lets up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the series I've read, and I jumped in without a problem! I love Randau's characters, they're all so well written and grounded, and Rita especially is wonderful. The situations they are in made me incredibly tense, and I really enjoyed her writing style! Going to have to pick up all the other books now :)